In most cases recovery from cosmetic surgery is relatively quick and comfortable. At Advanced Liposuction Center we want to share some ways that clients can ensure the fastest healing with the least amount of pain and discomfort:

  1. Get the Facts—before your procedure get all your questions answered by our expert cosmetic surgeons. You’ll want to know how long the procedure will take and what type of anesthesia will be used. In many cases you will need someone to drive you home after it’s over.
  2. Managing Discomfort—asking ahead of time about what is normal post-op in terms of any soreness or discomfort will reduce anxiety. For many procedures, minor swelling or bruising may occur and there may be some pain that can easily be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication. You may also want to arrange your living space so items you’ll most likely want during the first few days of recovery are within easy reach to where you will sit and rest.
  3. Follow all Directions—the fastest route to recovery is to listen to the surgeon and adhere to the recommendations both before and after surgery. For some skin procedures, you will be asked to limit certain medications, vitamins and alcohol the week prior to the surgery. Post surgery, be sure to take all prescribed antibiotics until they are finished to prevent infections. Don’t lift heavy objects or return to your normal exercise routine until the prescribed healing time has passed.
  4. Schedule Accordingly—find out how long it will be until you can return to work and your normal routine. Most of the time, your down time will be minimal but you don’t want to schedule that big court case for the day after surgery or have to attend your child’s graduation or other major social engagements or appointments too soon after your procedure.
  5. Accept Offers of Help—for certain procedures, such as breast augmentation, you may need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery and you may not feel up to moving around normally for some period of time after that. Friends and family can help by providing easy-to-heat meals, offering to come by and assist you with anything you cannot do on your own or to shuttle children to and from appointments.

6. Stay Active

Many people think after the surgery they will have to spend their all time on the bed until they aren’t recovered fully.

But this isn’t the truth, for the first few days they can stay on bed but after a week they should get out of the bed and start doing some normal activities like walking, a little stretching and chores.

These movements can help you speed up your recovery by improving blood circulation, stiffness and preventing blood clots.

Improved blood circulation means faster recovery and less discomfort, which makes these activities really worth it.

Lastly, make sure you don’t overdo any of these activities or suddenly jump into some vigorous activities, they may be too much.

You can continue your normal activities when you are fully recovered.

7. No Smoking Or Drinking

Your doctor must have advised you to avoid smoking or drinking before the procedure and you have to do the in the recovery as well.

Smoking is really bad for a person recovery from any kind of surgery, it can affect a person’s immune system which makes the healing process slower.

It may increase chances of infection but that’s not the end, it will stop your body to provide essential nutrients for healing.

And just like smoking drinking alcohol can also cause problems like slow healing and infections.

8. Limit Your Exposure To Sunlight

During your recovery limiting exposure to skin can really help you heal your wounds and incisions faster.

Harmful sun rays can cause you discoloration, inflammation, and skin damage at the treated area which isn’t good for your healing process at all.

Before you decide to go outside wear hard, sunglasses and apply sunscreen as well.

Lastly, protect your skin from smoke, strong winds and dust, they increase risk of infection and ruin your recovery.

Surgery-Related Errors That Delay Your Recovery

Remain in bed

When you are given the all-clear to move, do it. One of the most crucial things after surgery is to get moving, despite the fact that many people are afraid or anxious about it.

Blood clots, pressure ulcers, pulmonary embolisms, and muscular wasting can all be brought on by lying in bed.

Skip Rehabilitation

Many people believe they can persevere on their own, but working with a physical therapist is crucial.

With some types of surgery, one or two sessions may be sufficient before you leave the hospital. Physical rehabilitation is crucial if you had a big procedure, though.

You may become stronger and recover more securely. Treat it with respect. Do your home exercises and remember your appointments.

Refrain from going to sleep even though you’re tired. The act of moving around truly helps you to overcome weariness. It also makes digestion faster. After surgery, your bowels could be slow, but a little exercise might help your digestive system get moving again.

Before you’re ready, drive

Whether it’s for two weeks or two months, your doctor has a valid reason for advising you not to drive. You could have a slower reaction time and cause an accident. Use a friend’s or family member’s lifts until you feel prepared to handle it.

Stop doing the breathing exercises.

Your doctor may prescribe exercises to help your lungs recover from anesthesia, the drug that kept you pain-free throughout the procedure, if you’ve had surgery on your stomach, heart, lung, or spine.

Not regularly using medications or painkillers

You may hear that painkillers are addictive from some people. You may have also heard that it can make you queasy and cause constipation. You might decide to forgo them while taking your medications as a result. Specialists disagree with you if you do it, though.

Fear of recovery shouldn’t stop you from improving your appearance through one of our many cosmetic enhancements. To learn what’s available, contact our Cranberry Township office by calling: 724-683-7581 to schedule your free consultation today.